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The long and short of it…….


On a visit to the mill, we discovered some cashmere roving, fiber that has been washed and put through the carding machine, which Cliff House purchased. Aunt Geri here, what went through our heads, Jani’s, (Momma) and mine was, when … Continue reading

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Happy Colors


Aunt Geri here; a recent marketing journey by Jan (Momma) led to a purchase of some beautiful alpaca yarn blended with angora rabbit.  A local artist blends her hand-raised angora rabbit’s fiber with pure white alpaca. She then hand-dyes the … Continue reading

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Shearing Movies


As promised yesterday, we thought you might enjoy our amateur video attempt showing Scott shearing Morocco. He has our best fiber, and you should be able to see the nice staple length. Kirstin does the skirting afterward. The lady you … Continue reading

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After we Shear we Skirt


This shearing was Vannie’s first with our family at Cliff House, his behavior and his fleece were one of our best surprises of the day. When he arrived at our ranch he was wearing a modified lion’s cut, but at … Continue reading

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Shearing Day – May 15, 2013


Where were we on Wednesday? Our apologies, Wednesday was shearing day! There are 365 days in a year, but we will tell you quite honestly, that shearing day is the only day of the year when you raise alpacas. Momma … Continue reading

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Nature’s Marling Act


Good morning – it’s Aunt Geri. After marling over a mile of Chimayo yarn, I decided to do some “simple” spinning.  The fiber I spun, Cliff House had purchased at the Estes Park Fiber Festival last year. It is from … Continue reading

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Round Three or it seemed like a good idea


Jan’s on today, I’m talking about a scarf I have started three times and completed once. This yarn is mill spun, sport weight, 100% alpaca, and it first started out as a scarf with Pandora beads knit into it. I … Continue reading

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Yarn – Seascape


Something about spring makes me (Kirstin) restless for the tropics. You’d think winter, with its grey days and snow, would drive me to think of warm sand and sun, but I usually hibernate right through the worst of it. Spring … Continue reading

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Aunt Geri’s Techinicolor Shawl of Many Colors


Last Tuesday, February 26th was Aunt Geri’s birthday.  I(Mom) realized I had never hand knit her anything. Now there is a reason for this; I simply do not knit as well as she does. So…I said to myself, self, let’s … Continue reading

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More about Scythia and her buds


Alpaca fiber is still relatively scarce.  The Alpaca Registry (formed in 1984) was closed to new alpaca imports to the U.S. in 1998.  Registered alpacas in the U.S. today is merely 165,000.  The terms “luxury” and “alpacas” are becoming synonymous, … Continue reading

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